Wednesday, March 26, 2014

2014: Photo Project, Week 12

There’s been a lot of creativity flowing this week. Woo hooo! I was beginning to think I’d lost it all.

My current manuscript has been lingering… and lingering… and lingering. I’ll be honest: I knew there was something wrong with it, but I couldn’t say what. I worked on it, pressing forward, without any intention of showing it to anyone. Or really, polishing it. Because with experience comes knowledge of when it’s NOT right. Plus, I didn’t love it.

For me "love" doesn't come with a Shiny New Idea. It comes later when the book morphs into something more. And everything I've put into place suddenly makes sense.

I can't put it out there until I love it. Mostly because it's a tough business and I have to believe in my work more than anyone else. You'll get eaten alive if you feel like it's "good enough." Because "good enough" is NOT good enough. Not to me. I want to walk away from every manuscript thinking: This is the best of my ability. It's the best of what I've created to date.

Because that's the only thing I can control.


This last weekend I was slogging through a scene that I’ve never been able to make work (which is a sure sign that there’s SOMETHING wrong) AND IT HIT ME, RIGHT BETWEEN THE EYES, where I messed up with this book.

AND IT'S A HUGE, HUGE PLOT THREAD.

On one hand, I’m deliriously happy that I’ll finally be able to fix it. On the other, why couldn’t I see the problem before now? UGH! It’s SO OBVIOUS. My brain always knows these things before it’s willing to tell me. I already have the groundwork laid.

That's how it works. I've created the book to sustain this new depth. Yet, I don't see it's there for quite a long time. Annoying. Can't I be perfect out of the gate? haha. ;)

That leaves me with making a plotting list for this revision. Because it’s going to be a quite extensive, but necessary revision.

I’m PUMPED, though. This book is the bomb now. So excited.

First time I’ve been able to say that!



This week I’ve also managed to take a few photos that I love. Which. My photography has been suffering from the blahs. I'll admit it. There's a difference between the times I consciously try to be present and take a photo showing what I see in relation to the story I want to tell, and when I'm simply picking up the camera because that's my habit.

It makes a huge difference. Something I'm well aware of, yet don't often follow through with.

Overall, between the writing and the photography, I feel a wave of fresh creativity. I need to latch onto it and ride it for a while.



The kids are determined to start a YouTube channel. I'll be honest, I'm not sure if this is going to work. I did allow them the use of one of my cameras (under threat to treat it with extreme care).

They spent the majority of the weekend filming. And who do you think they expect to edit the episodes?

*blink* *Looking around* *blink* *blink*

If they manage to get some usable footage, I can commit one day a week, at most, to editing and uploading. We'll see.

I have no idea what they’ve recorded so far. All I know is that they’ve recorded A LOT. I’m constantly changing the battery.



Looking forward: It’s going to be a busy couple of weeks around here. Nearly every day has something on the calendar. I can’t wait for summer! I need to sleep in. zzzz. In the meantime I have a book to revise.

Later, peeps.

Friday, March 21, 2014

2014: Photo Project, Week 11

In my mind I already wrote and posted this blog. Imagine my surprise when, on Friday, I realized I hadn't. Ha.

You're more than welcome to take that as a metaphor of my life. ;)


This picture (above) was taken the day before he "trimmed" his beard, in which he ended up with a goatee. So his look went from homeless chic to serial killer.

Blink.

I have to put up with the changing facial hair for a while, I think. It's the downside to being forced to shave for 20 years. Maybe -- EVENTUALLY -- the crazy beard style will relax with time. We'll see.

I will say that my husband is beyond amazing. There were several things that were causing me great anxiety and he fixed them for me this last week. One being the unorganized toys in the playroom.


He reconfigured the master closet so that I could move my things from the kids playroom closet into the master bedroom closet, and then he built shelves for the kids.

It's amazing to have all the toys put away. They won't admit it, but the kids are MUCH happier with an organized toy closet.



I took the kids to the doctor for the random vomiting. I waited so long because there were no other symptoms. No pain, no fever… NOTHING. And even the vomiting only happened once a week, or so. I thought they had some sort of random bug that would go away on its own.

Then Bekah vomited AGAIN Tuesday night and I thought: I'M SO OVER THIS. I made an appointment despite her very LOUD protests against seeing the doctor (because according to her she was FINE).

Turns out she has a major infection. Like, I'm surprised she's not writhing in pain. And had I let it go another day or two, she would have ended up in the hospital.

Let's all hope that after a round of antibiotics the puking will be taken care of, m'kay? LOL


I need to get serious about polishing my next manuscript. I know I keep saying that and then EVERY WEEK something happens that forces me not to work on it. Blah. And I also need to say "polish" rather than "finish," because my mom asked me, "How much have you got left to write?" Which confused me because I'd finished the actual writing back in October.

But. Then.

I REALIZED I FINISHED WRITING THIS THING BACK IN OCTOBER.

So… Yeah… That polishing needs to happen STAT.

Until next week, peeps! Later.

Friday, March 14, 2014

2014: Photo Project, Week 10

I have no idea what I did last week. A bunch of items on my To Do list, but nothing interesting to speak of. I still need to get my taxes done. Nothing like waiting till the last minute! Some things never change.

I received my vegan cookbooks in the mail. I've only gone through one and a half. I really need to make a meal plan this weekend and then hit the grocery store (a place I loathe).

Um… What else?

I got my Veronica Mars download, but for some reason we're having a difficult time hooking up the Apple TV. I didn't hook it up when I moved here, and it never got done. It wasn't on the priority list. But for the Veronica Mars movie? It got moved up to: GET IT HOOKED UP NOW, NOW, NOW! ;)

So I'm impatiently waiting until that gets worked out before I can watch VM. Or maybe I'll just crawl into bed with my laptop. That sounds like a perfect Friday afternoon if you ask me.

Until next week, peeps!







Thursday, March 6, 2014

2014: Photo Project, Week 9

This has been SUCH. A. CRAZY. WEEK. you have no idea.

Oh, and I talk about vomit (AGAIN!) in this blog. So… be warned.

*Inhale*

*Exhale*

My sister had her baby last week. Friday night the kids and I jumped in a car and zoomed out to take baby pictures. My SIL, Melissa, was the art director. She's fab. It took a lot of pressure off having another set of hands.

Here's Melissa's littlest getting in the baby basket. She wanted pictures too! xo.


My brother, Troy, swung by (or flew by *wink*):


And the two big brothers helped me test the light. Cutest helpers ever.


But enough of those knuckleheads, you want to see the baby, right? RIGHT. 

Here's Myles. I love him. He's so cute! And alert. Though, the "alert" part wasn't so fun when trying to take baby pictures. haha.



Then I drove home and attend WPPI this week. Or, what I could of it considering I didn't have my husband around for babysitting and my kids were vomiting EVERYWHERE. 

What is up with this vomiting thing? But more? Why can't they get it in the toilet? I think they've sprayed every surface of my parents house, my car, this house… and yet NONE of it has ended up where it's supposed to. Even when they hold a bag or a bucket in their hands!

By Wednesday I'd had it. I told Seth that he had to help me clean his mess up. He gaged the whole time and complained that it was "disgusting." Uh, yeah. DUH.

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